People waiting more than 10 years for council house
SEVEN people will appear in court next month to face fraud charges after a threeyear investigation into a bus company.
Police raided the premises of Express Motors, in Penygroes, near Caernarfon, and several addresses in the area in August, 2014.
The seven were arrested and later released on bail under investigation.
North Wales Police said at the time that detectives had launched an investigation following a complaint from Gwynedd council, and a decision to proceed with the case was later taken by the Crown Prosecution Service’s Complex Case Unit.
The seven charged, who have not been named, will appear at Caernarfon Magistrates’ Court on November 23.
No one from the company was available for comment yesterday, but Express Motors services are running normally.
A council spokesman said the situation was being monitored.
Express Motors was established in 1908 and remains a family business owned by Eric Jones.
It operates 55 vehicles, employs 80 people and operates a network of services in Gwynedd and Conwy.
The firm also operates school and college contracts on Anglesey. MORE than 120 people in North Wales have been waiting longer than 10 years for a council house as concerns over a housing crisis continue.
The figures were revealed in Freedom of Information responses from Wrexham, Flintshire, Denbighshire, Gwynedd and Anglesey councils.
They also showed more than 5,800 people were waiting more than a year for local authority housing across the five counties. Gwynedd had the most people waiting longer than a year, with 2,090; Flintshire had 642, Wrexham 1,844, Denbighshire 952 and Anglesey 355.
Wrexham had the largest number waiting more than 10 years with 56, Gwynedd had 37, Denbighshire 17, Flintshire nine and Anglesey five.
Council chiefs said the social housing sector was facing a rise in demand and work was under way to find more homes.
Changes in the benefit system, the introduction of the “bedroom tax” spare room subsidy, migration and an increasing and ageing population were factors, they said.
Homeless charity Shelter Cymru has raised concerns that not enough affordable homes to rent or buy has contributed to a rise in homelessness.
In February this year, Welsh Government Communities and Children Secretary Carl Sargeant announced a programme with initial £20m funding over two years towards building 20,000 affordable homes in Wales.
Conwy council’s housing stock moved under registered social landlord Cartrefi Conwy in 2008. Sister paper the Daily Post has requested statistics on waiting lists.
Probe into Express Motors was launched after a complaint by Gwynedd council
Carl Sargeant AM